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“Two passenger planes crash, killing everyone on board…” – This is how many people die on EU roads every week

“Two passenger planes crash, killing everyone on board…” – This is how many people die on EU roads every week

A new report by the European Transport Safety Council shows that road safety progress in the European Union has stagnated for the last four years. The organisation says governments need strong political will, urgent measures and substantial investments in safe infrastructure to reduce the 500 deaths that occur on EU roads every single week. The weekly number of road deaths in the EU is equivalent to two typical passenger airliners crashing and killing everyone on board. The latest Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) report […]

Improving road death data collection in the EU

Improving road death data collection in the EU

A new report from ETSC looks at the state of the art of road death data collection across the EU.  The authors include recommendations for improving the accuracy and scope of the data in order to better target road safety policy measures in the coming years. The report says Member States that use a single source of data, usually police records, should consider cross-checking with other sources such as hospital data and coroners’ records. Research in countries that do use more than one source, […]

500 people a week still dying on EU roads

500 people a week still dying on EU roads

The European Commission has today published data showing that deaths on EU roads fell by just 2% last year, following a similar decrease in 2016 and a 1% increase in 2015. According to ETSC analysis, the EU target of cutting deaths by half in the decade to 2020 is now very unlikely to be reached. The EU28 collectively reduced the number of road deaths by 20% over the period 2010-2017, far less than the 38% cut needed to stay on course to meet the […]

New EU vehicle safety standards essential to reducing child road deaths

New EU vehicle safety standards essential to reducing child road deaths

More than 8,000 children aged 0-14 years have been killed in road traffic collisions over the last ten years in the European Union, new data show. Half of the children killed were travelling in cars, a third were walking and 13% were cycling, according to a report published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). One in every 13 child deaths in the European Union occurs as a result of a road collision. The European Commission is expected to announce a long-overdue update […]

Project EDWARD: zero deaths in 15 countries

Project EDWARD: zero deaths in 15 countries

Results from the 2017 European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) have been published by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network). The event was a major communications success, with 8,813 twitter posts over the 48-hour period around Project EDWARD day on 21 September.  The twitter messages reached 25 million people –  the 2016 figure was 19.5 million.  #ProjectEDWARD trended number 1 in Ireland, number 4 in the UK, number 5 in Germany and also in Spain and other countries during Project EDWARD day. […]

Up to 40% of road deaths in Europe are work-related

Up to 40% of road deaths in Europe are work-related

As EU road death figures stagnate, employers are essential to tackling road risk according to new report. Switzerland recognised with European award for long term progress on improving road safety. As new figures show road deaths in the European Union have not decreased in three years, a report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says employers, national governments and the European Union must step-up efforts to tackle the problem of work-related road risk. 25,671 lives were lost on the road in the European […]

Transport ministers call for target to reduce serious road injuries

Transport ministers call for target to reduce serious road injuries

Valetta – The European Transport Safety Council has welcomed a call by the 28 EU ministers of transport for a long term target and action to cut serious injuries on European roads by 2030. In a declaration signed in the Maltese capital Valletta today, transport ministers recommitted to an existing EU target to halve roads deaths by 2020 and also promised long term targets for reducing deaths and, for the first time, serious injuries by half by 2030. Yesterday, the European Commission published new […]

EU road death figures: third year of poor results

EU road death figures: third year of poor results

Valletta – The European Commission has published new data showing that deaths on EU roads fell by just 2% last year, following a 1% increase in 2015. According to ETSC analysis, road deaths will now need to fall by 11.5% a year in order to meet the EU target of cutting deaths by half in the decade to 2020. Commenting on the publication of the latest figures, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council said: “With around 500 deaths on EU […]

Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin and Dublin top European capital city safety ranking

Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin and Dublin top European capital city safety ranking

A new analysis of road deaths rates in European capitals has found a wide range of safety levels.  Stockholm (0.7) and Vienna (1.1) lead the ranking in terms of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, with Berlin and Dublin (1.2) sharing third place. At the bottom end of the spectrum are Zagreb (6.0)*, Rome (4.8) and Nicosia (4.6).  Rome recently announced a Vision Zero programme to cut road deaths. The European Capital Brussels lies in the bottom half of the ranking with 2.6 deaths per 100,000, […]

Public health groups call for EU target and action on serious road injuries

Public health groups call for EU target and action on serious road injuries

The European Union should urgently come forward with a new target and measures to cut serious road injuries, according to public health and medical experts from across Europe in a letter sent today to the president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker. The European Commission published the first official European statistics on the number of people seriously injured in road collisions in the European Union earlier this year. The groups, led by the European Public Health Alliance, say that the figure of 135,000 […]

Deaths on US roads increase 8%

Deaths on US roads increase 8%

Preliminary data released last month by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported deaths in 2014. The NHTSA estimate shows 9 out of 10 regions within the United States had increased traffic deaths in 2015. The most significant increases came for pedestrians and bicyclists. “As the economy has improved and (fuel) prices have fallen, more Americans are driving more […]

40% of Irish road deaths related to drink driving

40% of Irish road deaths related to drink driving

A new report from ETSC’s Irish member, the Road Safety Authority (RSA), has revealed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions in Ireland. The report, analysed police forensic fatal collision investigation files in order to identify the main contributory factors in collisions. 983 fatal collisions occurred on Irish roads between 2008 and 2012, claiming the lives of 1,077 people. The forensic details of 867 fatal collisions were analysed to identify the cause of the collisions […]

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Declines in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences are contributing to Europe’s failure to cut the numbers dying in road collisions, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of two new reports on road safety. More than 26,000 people died on EU roads last year, the first increase since 2001 according to the ETSC annual road safety performance index (PIN) report. Exceeding speed limits, drink or distracted driving and a failure to wear a seat belt are still the leading causes […]

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg added ten new speed cameras on secondary roads in May, following the successful entry-into-service of the country’s first ten devices in March. A third batch is due to become operational next year. In the first month of operation of the new network the government reported that 44,006 vehicles had been recorded for speed infractions, more than 20% of which were foreign registered vehicles mostly from Belgium, France and Germany.  

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

Data from the UK and Belgium have revealed large numbers of drivers speeding on motorways. The UK figures, released to the BBC following a freedom of information request, found that more than 2000 drivers had been fined for speeding at more than 100 mph (160 km/h) in the last year. In Belgium ETSC’s member the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has published results of its annual speed survey showing that 1 in 7 drivers on Belgian motorways exceeds 140 km/h, the speed limit being […]

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

The European Commission, for the first time, published a figure last month for the number of people seriously injured on Europe’s roads : 135,000 in 2014. The release of the data required the adoption, by all EU member states, of a standardised medical definition of what constitutes a serious road injury, as well as a standardised way of collecting the statistics. ETSC welcomed this long overdue and positive step in the right direction, but says a long term target and specific measures to reduce […]

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director There was no email version, not even an email address to write to or website to check for updates. None of the articles were tweeted or shared on facebook as Mark Zuckerberg was only ten years old. Google was not yet a verb. Browsing through the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor newsletter this week felt like examining a document from another age. It was published in December 1994, around eighteen months after ETSC was founded ‘in response to the […]

Urgent action needed on road safety as new figures show increase in deaths

Urgent action needed on road safety as new figures show increase in deaths

ETSC says the European Commission must stop delaying new road safety policy measures if it is to help reverse an increase in deaths on EU roads. Within the last year, the European Commission was expected to come forward with revisions to vehicle safety, pedestrian protection and infrastructure safety rules as well as a new target and measures to reduce serious road injuries.  Proposals on all four have been delayed, and it is not clear when they will see the light of day. Antonio Avenoso, […]

Germany – calls for better speed enforcement as deaths rise again

Germany – calls for better speed enforcement as deaths rise again

The German Federal Statistics Office has published preliminary figures showing road deaths increased by 2.9% on German roads last year. Dr. Walter Eichendorf, president of the German Road Safety Council (DVR) – an ETSC member – said: “We need to move up a gear. As before, nine people are killed every day on our roads and around 1,000 are injured. The development shows that steadily decreasing number of accidents are not automatic, but continuous and major efforts are needed.” DVR says the speed limit […]

France – road deaths increase as speeds creep up

France – road deaths increase as speeds creep up

For the first time in 35 years, road deaths in France have increased for a second year running. The rise in deaths has come as mean speeds have increased by between 1 and 4 km/h, according to analysis by the National Observatory for Road Safety (ONISR). The rise in speeds over the last two years also reverses a ten-year fall that occurred following the introduction of an extensive national safety camera network. ETSC’s member organisation Association Prévention Routière says part of the problem is […]

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